Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Kofi Annan and Chuck Todd! And, on this day in 1986, Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. And TVNewser gives us an update on Tucker Carlson’s TV show. Speaking of TV, ruin your morning TV folks by finding out how your salary compares to that of your colleagues.
A tipster tell us that at the end of the WaPo’s Pulitzer ceremony yesterday (see their coverage today), “they had a moment of silence for the families of the Va. Tech victims. They’re giving the prize money to a Va. Tech charity.” We should also note that the WaPo’s Ann Hornaday was a Pulitzer finalist in the “Criticism” category (“for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style”).
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At an office pool party, you would not jump in the pool.
Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry, and exhausted, at how little money I have. I love this work, and I will live with what it pays. But … my God. Some days, particularly when Iâ€™m working late, itâ€™s hard to take.”
Alisha Johnson is the new as Associate Publisher for the National Journal Group.
An ABC release announced, “Cathie Levine has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for ABC News, it was announced today by Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of Communications for ABC News, to whom she reports.”
A release announced that “seasoned political strategist,
Michael Meehan” has joined Virilion as Senior Vice President. Also, Melissa Boasberg has joined the firm as Vice President.
Dow Jones reporter Corey Boles is switching beats. He is no longer covering the FCC and instead covering Congress.
Politico’s Aoife McCarthy is joining Glover Park.
A release announced, “The American Association of School Administrators today announced the selection of Daniel A. Domenech as the association’s new executive director. Domenech succeeds Paul D. Houston, who will retire on June 30 after leading AASA as executive director for 14 years.”
Tim Taylor, a former Roll Call intern, has been hired as a staff writer and Jen Bendery has moved over to Roll Call from CongressNow, also as a staff writer.
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More WHCA Dinner news.
The New York Times reports, “Since taking control of the Tribune Company in December, Sam Zell has drawn a lot of attention in journalism circles for speeches laced with profanity, political incorrectness, insults and self-deprecating humor. But all the twittering and tut-tutting over Mr. Zell’s remarks — and his suggestions that some reporting jobs are not needed — masks a more serious concern. With the newspaper industry going through an unexpectedly sharp contraction, Tribune is struggling under $12.8 billion in debt, and its financial condition has deteriorated, creating what specialists say is a very real risk of credit default in the next year or so.”
Wonkette reports, “This week, Fred Thompson, Robert Mueller, Tom Ridge, Juan Williams, Marion Barry, Ben Bernanke, Ken Mehlman, Robert Novak, Dana Milbank, Mark Warner, and David Frum were all spotted being various degrees of famous at various places by our spies and operatives. … ‘I’m pretty sure I saw Dana Milbank and family leaving Pizzeria Paradiso Friday night. I smiled at the little girl, she did not smile back. Maybe the good pizza was too overwhelming.’”
Gawker reports, “Like all good cabals, the New York Times’ contingent of gays has some known membersâ€”and other figures who remain in the shadows, the uncertainty adding to the paranoia of homophobic right-wingers. Out Magazine, putting the Times’ ‘gay mafia’ at number 12 in its power list, names nine Times reporters and editors: Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliot, Patrick Healy, Adam Nagourney, Horacio Silva, Stefano Tonchi, and Eric Wilson. But Intelligencer’s Chris Rovzar thinks the gay magazine has underestimated the true extent of the network.”
Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach writes, “The Post has just won six Pulitzer Prizes, which looks like a typo. It was a newsroom-wide triumph — Metro, National, Investigative, Foreign, Financial, Magazine. Within that Variety Pack of journalism, there’s a common ingredient — something we too seldom discuss when we cogitate about how to reinvent the business model: Reporting.”
Modern Arts Notes reports, “The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten has won the feature reporting Pulitzer Prize for a story mocking Washingtonians for failing to recognize classical violinist Joshua Bell as he played in the city’s acoustically challenged subway. The story was ‘gotcha’ tripe of the silliest sort.”
MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The newest batch of Pulitzer Prize winners is scheduled to be announced Monday afternoon. When the cheering for the recipients fades, many of them will ponder the inevitable question: What’s next?”
A release announced, “Nine foreign journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships for the 2008-09 academic year at Stanford. The international fellows include two journalists in exileâ€”an Ethiopian online editor who is currently in exile in London, and a Chinese online editor in exile in North Carolinaâ€”and the program’s first fellows from Belarus and Iraq.” For the full release, click here.
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“CBS & CNN In Talks…Again?”
Reuters reports, “Nielsen Co, a provider of market research and media services, said it agreed to acquire IAG Research Inc, a television and Internet audience research firm, for $225 million to strengthen its media business.”
TVNewser reports, “The women of ABC News, Cokie Roberts, Kate Snow, Victoria Clarke, and Raelyn Johnson made up the round table of another ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ on ABC News NOW. This one was all about politics.”
Howard Kutrtz writes, “She is trailing in a highly competitive contest against her male rivals, is occasionally covered in a condescending way and faces predictions that she’ll be forced out of the race. Katie Couric understands what Hillary Clinton is going through.”
The New York Times reports, “The 2008 presidential race truly is about change: Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, Paula Zahn of CNN and John Gibson of Fox News were swept out of the way to make room for newsier programs that treat each night like election night — a Super Tuesday that never ends.”
TVNewser reports that MSNBC’s Race for the White House with David Gregory was live from the Washington Nationals new ball park yesterday.
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“MSNBC.com’s Video Success”
Radio Ink reports, “New media and digital are still a focus for broadcasters, says Wachovia analyst Marci Ryvicker in her roundup of ‘Takeaways From SNL/Kagan Radio/TV Summit,’ but, she notes, ‘There is still no consensus on the appropriate revenue/profit model, which leads us to believe that we are at least five (if not 10) years away before new media/digital opportunities have any financial significance in the broadcast space.’”
A release announced, “YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, and C-SPAN, the cable public affairs network, have partnered to launch a nationwide online and television broadcast initiative. The videocentric program allows voters the opportunity to voice their views on the issues most important to them in the 2008 election.
The ‘YouTube Voter Video on C-SPAN’ initiative is an Internet/cable broadcast collaboration centered around the upcoming Pennsylvania primary that encourages voters to respond to the question ‘What issue in this election is most important to you, and why?’”
A release announced, “Kiplinger.com (www.Kiplinger.com), the leader in personal finance advice and business forecasting, announces the launch of its new Business Travel Center. The online center serves as a guide for businesses and their employees to make the most of their travel dollars using resources from Kiplinger.com and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.”
Bloomberg reports, “AOL’s move to New York this month may signal the last chance for Time Warner Inc.’s Internet division to convince investors it has a future in advertising.”
The Independent reports, “Dana Dunne is spreading the word about AOL and its $850m purchase of Bebo, a move that he sees as a return to AOL’s roots”
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Mr. Magazine announced, “Drum roll please… from a field of 715 new magazines launched in 2007, CondÃ© Nast Portfolio is our choice as The Most Notable Launch of the Year.”
“Vote for the leaders, artists, enterpreneurs and thinkers who, in your opinion, deserve a spot on this year’s Time 100″
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The Wall Street Journal reports, “As real-estate magnate Sam Zell tries to rejuvenate ailing newspaper and television empire Tribune Co., he is turning to another, more freewheeling medium: radio.”
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Media Daily News reports, “Like hapless George Costanza in ‘Seinfeld,’ legacy media companies are desperately trying to convince their shareholders that shrinkage is a transient phenomenon. Investors should not judge them by a few bad quarters, they argue, because it’s all part of the ‘transition’ to digital publishing. The economic waters are so chilly that any company would look bad. But a broad survey of the fortunes of big media companies from 2003-2007 suggests that recession or no, they will end up smaller and confirm George’s worst nightmare: Shrinkage is here to stay.”
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A washingtonpost.com release announced, “the launch of DCTechJobs.com, a Web site exclusively for Washington DC area tech jobs as well as news and information related to that industry. Technology jobs are listed alongside the most up-to-date tech news, giving users a site that is focused solely on the industry that interests them.”
“NLGJA-DC is offering a fellowship to help a student or beginning journalist attend ‘NLGJA Goes to Washington,’ our 2008 National Convention & 5th Annual LGBT Media Summit, taking place August 21-24 at Washington, DC’s Hilton Washington Hotel.”
Politico/Politico.com is looking for a National Account Executive.
Dana Press is looking for a Web Journalist.
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